The Yiddish Book Center's
Wexler Oral History Project
A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.
Witnessing the Beginning of the Decline of Yiddish in the 1960s
Avi Hoffman, actor, discusses the thriving Yiddish cultural and social organizations of his childhood and the declining presence of Yiddish in American Jewish identity in favor of Hebrew.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Avi Hoffman.
This excerpt is in English.
Avi Hoffman was born in Bronx, New York in 1958.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
A Core of Yiddishists in the Bronx: Secular Yiddish Culture and Jewish Tradition on Bainbridge Ave.
4 min 34 sec
Slide 1 of 7
"An Entire World of Creativity": The Secular Yiddish Scene in New York in the 1960s
3 min 6 sec
Slide 3 of 7
A "Modern Revolution in Yiddish Theater": The Genesis of The Show "Dos Goldene Land"
3 min 40 sec
Slide 5 of 7